Brother Of Former Afghan Vice-President Executed By Taliban, Says Family

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Amrullah Saleh became one of the leaders of the anti-Taliban forces in the Panjshir Valley

On Friday, the Taliban executed the brother of former Afghan Vice President Amrullah Saleh, one of the leaders of the anti-Taliban forces in the Panjshir Valley.

The news of Saleh’s brother Rohullah Azizi’s death came just days after Taliban forces took control of the provincial capital of Panjshir, the last province to take a stand against them.

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“They executed my uncle,” Ebadullah Saleh told Reuters in a text message. “They killed him yesterday and we won’t let him be buried. They keep saying his body will rot.”

The Taliban’s information service, Alemara, said in Urdu that “according to reports,” Rohullah Saleh was killed during the fighting in Panjshir.

Saleh, a former head of the National Directorate of Security, is a Western-backed government intelligence agency that collapsed last month, although his exact whereabouts are still unclear.

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The National Resistance Front of Afghanistan, which mobilizes opposition forces loyal to local leader Ahmed Masood, has vowed to continue opposing the Taliban even after the fall of Bazarak, the provincial capital of Punjab.

(Except for the title, this story was not edited by NDTV staff and was published from a syndicated feed.)

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